There is a thin line between serious and mainstream cinema says Girish Kasarvalli
Renowned Kannada film maker and the Director of the film ‘Kurmavatara’ Girish Kasarvalli has said that there is a thin line between serious and mainstream cinema and that the division of parallel and commercial cinema has been created by the media. Addressing a press conference at the Special Tribute Section at 43rd International Film Festival of India in Panaji, Goa today, he said this division is not de-marketed by film makers and they always want to make ‘good films’.
Asked whether his films have changed over the years, Kasarvalli said, ‘film making is like breathing. We don’t notice the changing pattern in our breathing while doing different activities in our life; similarly it is not for the film maker to notice the change, if any. It is for the posterity to decide on it’. He also advocated for the promotion of language films.
Regarding his film ‘Kurmavatara’, Girish Kasaravalli said, he has deliberately kept the pace of the movie slow to have a feel of the subject.
The story of ‘Kurmavatara’ goes like this: Anand Rao is an aged government employee leading a contented life which turns topsy-turvy when he plays Gandhiji in a mega TV serial. The assignment brings him fame and riches but at the cast of his morality and mental peace. The title of the film draws upon the mythology of Lord Vishnu’s tortoise avatar as a metaphor for the immense stress that great responsibility brings.